Falcon: The Quiet Professionals Book 3

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© 2015 by Ronie Kendig

Print ISBN 978-1-62416-319-7

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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either products of the author’s imagination or used fictitiously. Any similarity to actual people, organizations, and/or events is purely coincidental.

For more information about Ronie Kendig, please access the author’s website at the following Internet address:
www.roniekendig.com
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Cover Design: Kirk DouPonce, DogEared Design

Published by Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing, Inc., P.O. Box 719, Uhrichsville, Ohio 44683,
www.shilohrunpress.com

Our mission is to publish and distribute inspirational products offering exceptional value and biblical encouragement to the masses
.

Printed in the United States of America.

DEDICATION

To those who serve in the intelligence community, protecting Americans and their freedoms.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

My husband, Brian—Thank you for letting me pester you with one scenario after another, enduring my irritation when you didn’t magically produce a perfect scenario or when I didn’t like one you suggested. You’re my hero!

Keighley Kendig—My darlin’ girl whose passion for all things anime and manga helped me create a unique history for my characters. Thank you!

Ryan & Reagan—Thanks for enduring many on-your-own meals while I fought to get this book done!

My agent, Steve Laube—You encouraged and protected me so I could get this story written. Thank you, Agent-Man!

Robin Miller—Thank you, dear friend, for being a champion, cheering and challenging me as I worked feverishly to finish this novel. God blessed me with you!

Narelle Mollet and Shannon McNear—You ladies have tirelessly read every word I’ve written, encouraged me through waning courage, and cheered me on to the finish!

Rapid-Fire Fiction Task Force—My own team of warriors and champions. You ladies make all the difference in the world.

Ironmance Group—Thank you for your prayers, your support, encouragement and wisdom! I treasure you ladies!

LITERARY LICENSE

In writing about unique settings, specific locations, and invariably the people residing there, a certain level of risk is involved, including the possibility of dishonoring the very people an author intends to honor. With that in mind, I have taken some literary license in
Falcon
, including renaming some bases within the U.S. military establishment, creating sites/entities that do not otherwise exist, and other aspects of team movement/integration. Also, some elements of the story are pure entertainment and, as with any work of fiction, demand a level of suspension of disbelief. Writing about a potential threat to our American military personnel can be tricky, and those experts within that field cannot divulge too much information. Therefore, to protect our heroes, some elements of the story about the cybersecurity threat have been left intentionally and partially vague. I have done this so the book and/or my writing will not negatively reflect on our military community and its heroes. With the quickly changing landscape of the combat theater, this seemed imperative and prudent.

CONTENTS

Glossary

Character List

“Special Forces Soldier”

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Eamon

Chapter 4

Eamon

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Eamon

Chapter 7

Eamon

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Eamon

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Eamon

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Eamon

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Chapter 44

Chapter 45

Chapter 46

Epilogue

About the Author

GLOSSARY OF TERMS/ACRONYMS

ACU
—Army Combat Uniform

AHOD
—All Hands On Deck

ANA
—Afghan National Army

CECOM
—Communications-Electronics Command

CID
—Criminal Investigations Department

DIA
—Defense Intelligence Agency

IED
—Improvised Explosive Device

ISAF
—International Security Assistance Force

Klick
—Military slang for
kilometer

M4, M4A1
—Military assault rifles

MARSOC
—Marine Special Operations Command

MRAP
—Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle

MRE
—Meals Ready to Eat

MWD
—Military Working Dog

NVG
—Night-Vision Goggles

ODA
—Operation Detachment Alpha

OEF/OIF
—Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom

PCS
—Permanent Change of Station RPG—Rocket-Propelled Grenade

RTB
—Return To Base

SAS
—Special Air Service (Foreign Special Operations Team)

SATINT
—Satellite Intelligence

SCIF
—Secure computer used by the military

Sitrep
—Military abbreviation for
situation report

SOCOM
—Special Operations Command

CHARACTER LIST

Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe (Staff Sergeant)
—Raptor team member; coms specialist

Brie Hastings (Lieutenant)
—General Burnett’s administrative officer

Cassandra Walker (Lieutenant)
—works for DIA’s National Military Joint Intelligence Center

Chris Riordan (Lieutenant Commander)
—Navy SEAL officer

Ddrake
—Explosives Detection Dog; German shepherd

Dean “Raptor Six” Watters (Captain)
—Raptor team commander

Eamon “Titanis” Straider (SAS Corporal)
—Raptor team member; Australian; engineering specialty

Grant Knight (Sergeant)
—Ddrake’s handler; temporarily assigned to Raptor team

Kiew Tang
—executive assistant to Daniel Jin

Lance Burnett (General)
—Raptor’s commanding officer; attached to Defense Intelligence Agency

Meng-Li Jin /Daniel Jin
—Chinese businessman

Mitchell “Harrier” Black (Sergeant First Class)
—Raptor team member; combat medic

Ramsey (General)
—Brigadier general; commander of U.S. Army Joint Special Operations Command

Sajjan Takkar
—CEO of Takkar Corp.

Salvatore “Falcon” Russo (Warrant Officer)
—Raptor team member; aka team “daddy”; expert in ops/intel

Todd “Eagle” Archer (Staff Sergeant)
—Raptor team member; weapons expert; team sniper

Tony “Candyman” VanAllen
—former Green Beret on Dean Watters’s team

 

SUNDRY CHARACTERS

Boris Kolceki
—expert computer hacker

Fariz Al-Bayati
—teen caught up in combat zone

Fekiria Haidary
—ANA helicopter pilot; Zahrah Zarrick’s cousin; Hawk’s girlfriend

Nina Laurens Takkar
—Sajjan’s wife; Timbrel’s mother

Phelps (Lieutenant General)
—Associate Director for Military Affairs

Schmidt
—Navy SEAL on Riordan’s team

Timbrel VanAllen
—Tony’s wife

Zahrah Zarrick
—Fekiria’s cousin; Dean’s girlfriend; missionary teacher

Zmaray: “The Lion”/Lee Nianzu
—assassin, terrorist

SPECIAL FORCES SOLDIER (
AUTHOR UNKNOWN
)

I was that which others did not want to be.

I went where others feared to go,

and did what others failed to do.

I asked nothing from those who gave nothing,

and reluctantly accepted the thought

of eternal loneliness should I fail.

I have seen the face of terror,

felt the stinging cold of fear,

and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moment’s love.

I have cried, pained, and hoped,

but most of all, I have lived times

others would say are best forgotten.

At least someday, I will be able to say

I was proud of what I was…

A Special Forces Soldier

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